Dr. Delano-Wood received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology from Michigan State University in 2005. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology at the San Diego VA Healthcare System/UCSD from 2005-2006 and a National Institutes of Mental Health fellowship in Geropsychiatry at UCSD from 2006-2008. Dr. Delano-Wood is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry within the School of Medicine at UCSD as well as a Research Psychologist at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System.
Dr. Delano-Wood’s research focuses on understanding the relationship between cognitive functioning, vascular risk, and brain changes across the aging spectrum (normal aging, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease). Additionally, she studies the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) on brain structure, cognition, and clinical outcome. Dr. Delano-Wood uses novel, innovative neuroimaging methods such as diffusion tensor imaging to examine changes to white matter underlying neuropsychological disorders of late life and TBI. Her current research is funded by a VA Career Development Award, Department of Defense Investigator-Initiated Award, and the Alzheimer’s Association New Investigator Award.
Dr. Delano-Wood is a member of UCSD’s Neuropsychological Associates where she conducts clinical neuropsychological evaluations of individuals with a wide range of neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Delano-Wood L, Bondi MW, Sacco J, Abeles N, Jak AJ, Libon DJ, Bozoki A (2009). Heterogeneity in mild cognitive impairment: Differences in neuropsychological profile and associated white matter lesion pathology. J Int Neuropsychol Soc, 15(6), 906-14.
Bangen KJ, Delano-Wood L, Wierenga CE, McCauley A, Jeste DV, Salmon DP, Bondi MW (2010). Associations between stroke risk and cognition in normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease with and without depression. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 25(2), 175-82.
Delano-Wood L, Bondi MW, Jak AJ, Horne NR, Schweinsburg BC, Frank LR, Wierenga CE, Delis DC, Theilmann RJ, Salmon DP (2010). Stroke risk modifies regional white matter differences in mild cognitive impairment. Neurobiol Aging, 31(10), 1721-31.
Delano-Wood L, Abeles N, Sacco JM, Wierenga CE, Horne NR, Bozoki A (2009). Regional white matter pathology in mild cognitive impairment: Differential influence of lesion type on neuropsychological functioning. Stroke, 39(3), 794-9.
Delano-Wood L, Houston WS, Emond JA, Marchant NL, Salmon DP, Jeste DV, Thal LJ, Bondi MW. (2008). APOE genotype predicts depression in women with Alzheimer’s disease: A retrospective study. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 23(6), 632-6.